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Known as the "Father of the Military Academy," he is honored with a monument on campus for the profound impact he had upon the academy.Founded as a school of engineering, for the first half of the 19th century, USMA produced graduates who gained recognition for engineering the bulk of the nation's initial railway lines, bridges, harbors and roads.Other nomination sources include the President and Vice President of the United States.
The entire central campus is a national landmark and home to scores of historic sites, buildings, and monuments.
This increased demand for officers led Congress to increase the size of the Corps of Cadets to 481 cadets in 1900. The class of 1915 is known as "the class the stars fell on" for the exceptionally high percentage of general officers that rose from that class (59 of 164).
Many of the academy's most famous graduates graduated during the 15-year period between 19: Douglas Mac Arthur (1903), Joseph Stilwell (1904), Henry "Hap" Arnold (1907), George S. The outbreak of America's involvement in World War I caused a sharp increase in the demand for army officers, and the academy accelerated graduation of all four classes then in attendance to meet this requirement, beginning with the early graduation of the First Class on 20 April 1917, the Second Class in August 1917, and both the Third and Fourth Classes just before the Armistice of 11 November 1918, when only freshman cadets remained (those who had entered in the summer of 1918).
The academic program grants a bachelor of science degree with a curriculum that grades cadets' performance upon a broad academic program, military leadership performance, and mandatory participation in competitive athletics.
Cadets are required to adhere to the Cadet Honor Code, which states that "a cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do." The academy bases a cadet's leadership experience as a development of all three pillars of performance: academics, physical, and military.